Kelly Services® Reports First Quarter Earnings

06 May '19

Financial Highlights

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  • Q1 revenue up 0.9%; up 2.9% in constant currency
  • Q1 operating earnings up 40% from last year
  • Q1 earnings per share of $0.56 compared to $0.74, or $0.40 compared to $0.32 last year on an adjusted basis

TROY, Mich., May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kelly Services (Nasdaq: KELYA) (Nasdaq: KELYB), a global leader in providing workforce solutions, today announced results for the first quarter of 2019.

George S. Corona, President and Chief Executive Officer, announced revenue for the first quarter of 2019 totaled $1.4 billion, a 0.9% increase, or 2.9% in constant currency, compared to the corresponding quarter of 2018.  First quarter 2019 results include the impact of the January 2019 acquisitions of NextGen and Global Technology Associates, providers of specialty engineering talent to the U.S. telecommunications industry.  Excluding the recent acquisitions, adjusted revenue declined 1.7% in the first quarter, or increased 0.3% in constant currency.
               
Earnings from operations for the first quarter of 2019 totaled $16.8 million, compared to the $12.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2018.  Included in earnings from operations in the first quarter of 2019 is a $6.3 million restructuring charge related to revitalizing the Americas Staffing delivery model.  Excluding the restructuring charges and recent acquisitions, adjusted earnings from operations totaled $20.8 million, up 74% compared to the same period in 2018.

Diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2019 were $0.56 compared to earnings per share of $0.74 in the first quarter of 2018. Included in earnings per share in the first quarter of 2019 is the favorable impact of $0.23 due to the non-cash after-tax gain on our investment in Persol Holdings common stock compared to $0.42 in the first quarter of 2018.  Changes in the fair value of our investment in Persol Holdings common stock are reflected as gains or losses on our Consolidated Statement of Earnings below earnings from operations.  Adjusted for the net of tax impact of restructuring charges, recent acquisitions and gain on Persol Holdings common stock, diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.40 compared to $0.32 in the corresponding quarter of 2018.

“We started the year strong from both a financial performance perspective and a strategic one,” Corona said. “We delivered on the bottom line and we invested in our future by restructuring our U.S. branch operations and completing the integration of two high-margin acquisitions,” he said. “Completing these two strategic priorities placed us in a stronger position for future growth.”

In conjunction with its first quarter earnings release, Kelly Services has published a financial presentation on the Investor Relations page of our public website and will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on May 6 to review the results and answer questions. The call may be accessed in one of the following ways:

Via the Internet:
Kellyservices.com

Via the Telephone: 
U.S.    1 800 288-9626
International    1 651 291-5254
The pass code is Kelly Services
   

This release contains statements that are forward looking in nature and, accordingly, are subject to risks and uncertainties.  These factors include, but are not limited to, competitive market pressures including pricing and technology introductions and disruptions, changing market and economic conditions, our ability to achieve our business strategy, the risk of damage to our brand, the risk our intellectual property assets could be infringed upon or compromised, our ability to successfully develop new service offerings, our exposure to risks associated with services outside traditional staffing, including business process outsourcing, our increasing dependency on third parties for the execution of critical functions, the risks associated with past and future acquisitions, exposure to risks associated with investments in equity affiliates including PersolKelly Asia Pacific, material changes in demand from or loss of large corporate customers as well as changes in their buying practices, risks particular to doing business with the government or government contractors, risks associated with conducting business in foreign countries, including foreign currency fluctuations, the exposure to potential market and currency exchange risks relating to our investment in Persol Holdings, risks associated with violations of anti-corruption, trade protection and other laws and regulations, availability of qualified full-time employees, availability of temporary workers with appropriate skills required by customers, liabilities for employment-related claims and losses, including class action lawsuits and collective actions, risks arising from failure to preserve the privacy of information entrusted to us or to meet our obligations under global privacy laws, the risk of cyber attacks or other breaches of network or information technology security, our ability to sustain critical business applications through our key data centers, our ability to effectively implement and manage our information technology projects, our ability to maintain adequate financial and management processes and controls, risk of potential impairment charges triggered by adverse industry developments or operational circumstances, unexpected changes in claim trends on workers’ compensation, unemployment, disability and medical benefit plans, the impact of changes in laws and regulations (including federal, state and international tax laws), competition law risks, the risk of additional tax or unclaimed property liabilities in excess of our estimates, our ability to realize value from our tax credit and net operating loss carryforwards, our ability to maintain specified financial covenants in our bank facilities to continue to access credit markets, and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in this release and in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Actual results may differ materially from any forward-looking statements contained herein, and we have no intention to update these statements.

About Kelly Services®
Kelly Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB) connects talented people to companies in need of their skills in areas including Science, Engineering, Education, Office, Contact Center, Light Industrial, and more. We’re always thinking about what’s next in the evolving world of work, and we help people ditch the script on old ways of thinking and embrace the value of all workstyles in the workplace. We directly employ more than 500,000 people around the world, and we connect thousands more with work through our global network of talent suppliers and partners in our outsourcing and consulting practice. Revenue in 2018 was $5.5 billion. Visit kellyservices.com and let us help with what’s next for you.

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ANALYST & MEDIA CONTACT:                                  
James Polehna                                                                                     
(248) 244-4586                                                                   
james_polehna@kellyservices.com


 
KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
FOR THE 13 WEEKS ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 AND APRIL 1, 2018
(UNAUDITED)
(In millions of dollars except per share data)
                %   CC %  
    2019   2018   Change   Change   Change  
                       
Revenue from services $ 1,382.6   $ 1,369.9   $ 12.7     0.9   % 2.9   %
                       
Cost of services   1,131.0     1,131.7     (0.7 )   (0.1 )      
                       
Gross profit   251.6     238.2     13.4     5.6     7.4    
                       
Selling, general and administrative expenses   234.8     226.2     8.6     3.8     5.4    
                       
Earnings from operations   16.8     12.0     4.8     40.0        
                       
Gain on investment in Persol Holdings   13.2     23.7     (10.5 )   (44.2 )      
                       
Other expense, net   (1.1 )   (1.7 )   0.6     27.0        
                       
Earnings before taxes and equity in net earnings (loss) of affiliate   28.9     34.0     (5.1 )   (15.3 )      
                       
Income tax expense   6.4     6.4         (0.2 )      
                       
Net earnings before equity in net earnings (loss) of affiliate   22.5     27.6     (5.1 )   (18.8 )      
                       
Equity in net earnings (loss) of affiliate   (0.4 )   1.5     (1.9 )   (125.1 )      
                       
Net earnings $ 22.1   $ 29.1   $ (7.0 )   (24.1 ) %    
                       
Basic earnings per share $ 0.56   $ 0.74   $ (0.18 )   (24.3 ) %    
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.56   $ 0.74   $ (0.18 )   (24.3 ) %    
                       
                       
STATISTICS:                      
                       
Permanent placement income (included in revenue from services) $ 15.9   $ 16.6   $ (0.7 )   (3.9 ) % 0.1   %
                       
Gross profit rate   18.2   % 17.4   % 0.8   pts.        
                       
Conversion rate   6.7     5.0     1.7            
                       
% Return:                      
Earnings from operations   1.2     0.9     0.3            
Net earnings   1.6     2.1     (0.5 )          
                       
Effective income tax rate   22.2   % 18.8   % 3.4   pts.        
                       
Average number of shares outstanding (millions):                      
  Basic   39.0     38.6                
  Diluted   39.1     38.9                


 
KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS BY SEGMENT
(UNAUDITED)
(In millions of dollars)
                     
    First Quarter
                     
              %   CC %  
    2019     2018   Change   Change  
Americas Staffing                    
Revenue from services $ 626.5     $ 604.3     3.7   % 4.1   %
Gross profit   117.2       108.0     8.5     8.9    
SG&A expenses excluding restructuring charges   94.9       91.9     3.2     3.6    
Restructuring charges   6.3           NM   NM  
Total SG&A expenses   101.2       91.9     10.1     10.5    
Earnings from operations   16.0       16.1     (0.2 )      
Earnings from operations excluding restructuring charges   22.3       16.1     39.1        
                     
Gross profit rate   18.7   %   17.9   % 0.8    pts.    
Conversion rate   13.7       14.9     (1.2 )      
Conversion rate excluding restructuring charges   19.1       14.9     4.2        
Return on sales   2.6       2.7     (0.1 )      
Return on sales excluding restructuring charges   3.6       2.7     0.9        
                     
Global Talent Solutions                    
Revenue from services $ 501.0     $ 485.8     3.2   % 3.6   %
Gross profit   100.4       91.8     9.4     10.3    
Total SG&A expenses   74.7       75.8     (1.5 )   (0.5 )  
Earnings from operations   25.7       16.0     60.7        
                     
Gross profit rate   20.0   %   18.9   % 1.1    pts.    
Conversion rate   25.7       17.5     8.2        
Return on sales   5.1       3.3     1.8        
                     
International Staffing                    
Revenue from services $ 258.9     $ 284.7     (9.1 ) % (1.5 ) %
Gross profit   34.6       39.1     (11.6 )   (4.2 )  
Total SG&A expenses   31.3       34.1     (8.3 )   (1.0 )  
Earnings from operations   3.3       5.0     (33.9 )      
                     
Gross profit rate   13.3   %   13.7   % (0.4 )  pts.    
Conversion rate   9.5       12.7     (3.2 )      
Return on sales   1.3       1.7     (0.4 )      


 
KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
(In millions of dollars)
               
    March 31, 2019   Dec. 30, 2018   April 1, 2018  
Current Assets              
  Cash and equivalents $ 30.9   $ 35.3   $ 36.6    
  Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of              
  $12.0, $13.2, and $14.3, respectively   1,283.1     1,293.3     1,290.7    
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   86.2     71.9     70.4    
Total current assets   1,400.2     1,400.5     1,397.7    
               
Noncurrent Assets              
  Property and equipment, net   155.5     86.3     84.3    
  Deferred taxes   204.6     198.7     187.8    
  Goodwill   127.8     107.3     107.3    
  Investment in Persol Holdings   147.2     135.1     265.2    
  Investment in equity affiliate   121.2     121.3     118.9    
  Other assets   315.7     265.2     275.4    
Total noncurrent assets   1,072.0     913.9     1,038.9    
               
Total Assets $ 2,472.2   $ 2,314.4   $ 2,436.6    
               
Current Liabilities              
  Short-term borrowings $ 74.2   $ 2.2   $ 33.4    
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   517.8     540.6     529.9    
  Accrued payroll and related taxes   292.1     266.0     283.1    
  Accrued workers' compensation and other claims   24.4     26.0     25.3    
  Income and other taxes   64.9     62.7     62.5    
Total current liabilities   973.4     897.5     934.2    
               
Noncurrent Liabilities              
  Accrued workers' compensation and other claims   47.9     50.5     49.1    
  Accrued retirement benefits   176.0     162.9     178.7    
  Other long-term liabilities   97.1     44.0     83.3    
Total noncurrent liabilities   321.0     257.4     311.1    
               
Stockholders' Equity              
  Common stock   40.1     40.1     40.1    
  Treasury stock   (21.9 )   (26.0 )   (27.9 )  
  Paid-in capital   21.0     24.4     21.1    
  Earnings invested in the business   1,157.2     1,138.1     1,153.2    
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (18.6 )   (17.1 )   4.8    
Total stockholders' equity   1,177.8     1,159.5     1,191.3    
               
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 2,472.2   $ 2,314.4   $ 2,436.6    
               
               
STATISTICS:              
 Working Capital $ 426.8   $ 503.0   $ 463.5    
 Current Ratio   1.4     1.6     1.5    
 Debt-to-capital %   5.9   % 0.2   % 2.7   %
 Global Days Sales Outstanding   58     55     57    
 Year-to-Date Free Cash Flow $ 17.0   $ 35.8   $ (8.7 )  


 
KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE 13 WEEKS ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 AND APRIL 1, 2018
(UNAUDITED)
(In millions of dollars)
     
    2019   2018
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net earnings $ 22.1   $ 29.1  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash from operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization   7.6     6.3  
Provision for bad debts   0.3     1.7  
Stock-based compensation   3.2     2.5  
Gain on investment in Persol Holdings   (13.2 )   (23.7 )
Equity in net earnings of PersolKelly Asia Pacific   0.4     (1.5 )
Other, net   (0.4 )   0.1  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions   1.2     (18.6 )
         
Net cash from (used in) operating activities   21.2     (4.1 )
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Capital expenditures   (4.2 )   (4.6 )
Acquisition of companies, net of cash received   (86.4 )    
Other investing activities   0.3     (0.3 )
         
Net cash used in investing activities   (90.3 )   (4.9 )
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Net change in short-term borrowings   72.0     23.2  
Dividend payments   (3.0 )   (2.9 )
Payments of tax withholding for stock awards   (2.3 )   (6.2 )
         
Net cash from financing activities   66.7     14.1  
         
Effect of exchange rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   (1.9 )   (0.9 )
         
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   (4.3 )   4.2  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   40.1     36.9  
         
         
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 35.8   $ 41.1  


 
KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
REVENUE FROM SERVICES
(UNAUDITED)
(In millions of dollars)
                   
    First Quarter (Americas, International and GTS)  
                   
            %   CC %  
    2019   2018   Change   Change  
                   
Americas                  
United States $ 1,018.9   $ 974.7     4.5   % 4.5   %
Canada   33.0     33.6     (1.7 )   3.4    
Mexico   27.5     30.4     (9.6 )   (7.2 )  
Puerto Rico   19.2     19.8     (3.4 )   (3.4 )  
Brazil   8.5     9.5     (10.3 )   4.4    
Total Americas   1,107.1     1,068.0     3.7     4.0    
                   
EMEA                  
France   64.3     71.9     (10.6 )   (3.3 )  
Switzerland   49.5     49.7     (0.3 )   4.8    
Portugal   44.8     51.1     (12.4 )   (5.1 )  
United Kingdom   26.2     29.0     (9.7 )   (3.6 )  
Russia   25.4     26.1     (2.7 )   12.7    
Italy   20.6     20.5     0.4     8.7    
Germany   11.1     16.4     (32.1 )   (26.5 )  
Ireland   10.1     11.3     (10.4 )   (3.1 )  
Other   18.0     20.8     (13.5 )   (5.6 )  
Total EMEA   270.0     296.8     (9.0 )   (1.5 )  
                   
Total APAC   5.5     5.1     8.9     18.9    
                   
Total Kelly Services, Inc. $ 1,382.6   $ 1,369.9     0.9   % 2.9   %
                   


 
 KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
FIRST QUARTER
 (UNAUDITED)
 (In millions of dollars)
       
  2019   2018
Revenue from Services: As Reported   Restructuring(2)   Acquisitions(3)   Adjusted   As Reported
Americas Staffing $ 626.5     $     $ (20.2 )   $ 606.3     $ 604.3  
Global Talent Solutions 501.0         (15.7 )   485.3     485.8  
International Staffing 258.9             258.9     284.7  
Intersegment (3.8 )           (3.8 )   (4.9 )
Total Company $ 1,382.6     $     $ (35.9 )   $ 1,346.7     $ 1,369.9  
                   
  2019   2018
Gross Profit: As Reported   Restructuring(2)   Acquisitions(3)   Adjusted   As Reported
Americas Staffing $ 117.2     $     $ (6.2 )   $ 111.0     $ 108.0  
Global Talent Solutions 100.4         (2.9 )   97.5     91.8  
International Staffing 34.6             34.6     39.1  
Intersegment (0.6 )           (0.6 )   (0.7 )
Total Company $ 251.6     $     $ (9.1 )   $ 242.5     $ 238.2  
                   
  2019   2018
SG&A Expenses: As Reported   Restructuring(2)   Acquisitions(3)   Adjusted   As Reported
Americas Staffing $ 101.2     $ (6.3 )   $ (5.0 )   $ 89.9     $ 91.9  
Global Talent Solutions 74.7         (1.8 )   72.9     75.8  
International Staffing 31.3             31.3     34.1  
Corporate 28.2             28.2     25.1  
Intersegment (0.6 )           (0.6 )   (0.7 )
Total Company $ 234.8     $ (6.3 )   $ (6.8 )   $ 221.7     $ 226.2  
                   
  2019   2018
Earnings from Operations: As Reported   Restructuring(2)   Acquisitions(3)   Adjusted   As Reported
Americas Staffing $ 16.0     $ 6.3     $ (1.2 )   $ 21.1     $ 16.1  
Global Talent Solutions 25.7         (1.1 )   24.6     16.0  
International Staffing 3.3             3.3     5.0  
Corporate (28.2 )           (28.2 )   (25.1 )
Total Company $ 16.8     $ 6.3     $ (2.3 )   $ 20.8     $ 12.0  


 
 KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES (continued)
 (UNAUDITED)
 (In millions of dollars except per share data)
         
         
    First Quarter
    2019   2018
Income tax expense   $ 6.4     $ 6.4  
Tax expense on investment in Persol Holdings(1)   (4.1 )   (7.3 )
Tax expense on restructuring charges(2)   1.6      
Tax expense on acquisitions(3)   (0.6 )    
Adjusted income tax expense (benefit)   $ 3.3     $ (0.9 )
         
    First Quarter
    2019   2018
         
Net earnings   $ 22.1     $ 29.1  
Gain on investment in Persol Holdings, net of taxes(1)   (9.1 )   (16.4 )
Restructuring charges, net of taxes(2)   4.7      
Net earnings from acquisitions(3)   (1.7 )    
Adjusted net earnings   $ 16.0     $ 12.7  
         
    First Quarter
    2019   2018
     
    Per Share
Net earnings   $ 0.56     $ 0.74  
Gain on investment in Persol Holdings, net of taxes(1)   (0.23 )   (0.42 )
Restructuring charges, net of taxes(2)   0.12      
Acquisitions, net of taxes(3)   (0.04 )    
Adjusted net earnings   $ 0.40     $ 0.32  
                 

Note: Earnings per share amounts for each quarter are required to be computed independently and may not equal the amounts computed for the total year.

KELLY SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)

Management believes that the non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) information excluding the 2019 acquisitions, 2019 restructuring charges and the 2019 and 2018 gains on the investment in Persol Holdings are useful to understand the Company's fiscal 2019 financial performance and increases comparability.  Specifically, Management believes that removing the impact of these items allows for a meaningful comparison of current period operating performance with the operating results of prior periods.  Additionally, the Company does not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle and the terms of each acquisition are unique and may vary significantly.  Management also believes that such measures are used by those analyzing performance of companies in the staffing industry to compare current performance to prior periods and to assess future performance.

These non-GAAP measures may have limitations as analytical tools because they exclude items which can have a material impact on cash flow and earnings per share.  As a result, Management considers these measures, along with reported results, when it reviews and evaluates the Company's financial performance.  Management believes that these measures provide greater transparency to investors and provide insight into how Management is evaluating the Company's financial performance.  Non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

(1)  The gains on the investment in Persol Holdings represent the change in fair value of the investment during the period presented and the related tax expense.

(2)  Restructuring charges in 2019 represent severance costs primarily related to U.S. branch-based staffing operations.

(3)  NextGen and GTA were acquired on January 2, 2019, and were included in the reported results of operations of Americas Staffing and GTS segments, respectively, from the date of acquisition.

Source: Kelly Services, Inc.